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Williams sisters arrive in Nigeria for women’s rights tour

American tennis super-stars Serena and Venus Williams on Tuesday arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos  with officials of ‘Breaking The Mould’  campaign  receiving them.

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The visit by the Williams sisters, which is part of a two-nation tour that will see them play exhibition matches and train kids, is aimed at promoting  “the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development at all levels across the African continent”.

The sisters, having shared 22 major women’s singles championships between themselves,  are amongst the world’s and United States’ most successful athletes.

The sisters could only say a few words to pressmen at the airport as they were whisked away by security.

The Williams are scheduled to pay the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola a courtesy call at the State House  today, after which they will head to a tennis clinic at Ikoyi Club.

They will then visit a puberty education class for girls and  play an exhibition match.

On November 2, 2012, the sisters will leave Nigeria for South Africa.

The Williams sisters have played each other competitively in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches.

Their overall head-to-head series is 13–10.

Serena who is currently ranked number 3 in the world has played Venus 12 times in Grand Slam singles tournaments and 11 times in other tournaments (including 11 finals).


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